black-and-white photo 3 generations of Spagnaerts at the door of the Libertas bicycle factory

Rupel area cycle route

The Scheldt, the Rupel and the Nete are the natural lifelines of the “Rupel Region”.

In a distant past these rivers were important for fishing and for the transport of goods. Today the river plays a major role in recreation and experiencing nature.

In Noeveren you will relive the rich (and also rich in imagery) brick making past of the region. The relics of the old brickyards and the authentic workers’ dwellings take you back to the times when they flourished.
The old water tower in Rumst, which was converted into a panoramic information point, provides a 360° view of the current clay mining and the Rupel Banks.

Are you looking for a challenge as a touring cyclist? Than storm the Bosstraat, with a 6% gradient over 700 meters, or get an adrenaline rush as a track cyclist or BMX artist on the track and the route of the Cycling Centre in Wilrijk. If you opt ‘live’, there is room along the route of the annual cyclocross in De Schorre or the cyclocross of Niel.

If you are a recreational cyclist you can cover the route with fewer challenges and enjoy the surroundings. Then you start your trip through De Schorre, an old clay pit converted into a provincial recreation and event site.

A recommended starting point and stop for cyclists is the cycling experience centre De Velodroom, by junction 26, along the Rupel dike. Here, bicycle rental, information and catering facilities can be found in the inspiring cycling décor of the collection “Paul van Bommel”. De Velodroom is not accessible by car. If you are by car, you can park at parking lot 2 of De Schorre.

Cycling experience centre De Velodroom

Bosstraat: the steepest hill in the province

The Boom velodrome builders: at home on the track

The Libertas bicycle factory in Niel

Niel cross-country race: more than 50 years of tradition

René Dillen: five times in the Tour de France

The cyclist George Pintens

Olympic champion Roger Ilegems

Willy ‘Rupske’ Lauwers and family

The Rik Van Steenbergen Grand Prix

Tour of Belgium for the visually impaired

Telenet Superprestige Cyclocross De Schorre

The Ludo De Bruyne Memorial Prize


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